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U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet pushes teammate Tyler Byers during a training
session at the Ryukyu Middle school track at Kadena Air Base, Japan on Aug.
27. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympic
track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train
for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in
Beijing, China Sept. 6-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad
Warren)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet pushes teammate Tyler Byers during a training session at the Ryukyu Middle school track at Kadena Air Base, Japan on Aug. 27. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympic track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet answers questions from local Okinawan
reporters at Kadena Air Base, Japan on Aug. 27. More than 100 athletes
and support staff from the U.S. Paralympic track and field and swim teams
arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in
preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet answers questions from local Okinawan reporters Aug. 27. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympic track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

U.S. Paralympian Elizabeth Stone prepares to enter the water at U.S. Marine
Corps Camp Foster while her coach gives her a few last minute instructions
on Aug. 27, 2008. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S.
Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live
and train for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games
held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class
Chad Warren)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympian Elizabeth Stone prepares to enter the water at U.S. Marine Corps Camp Foster while her coach gives her a few last minute instructions Aug. 27. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

U.S. Paralympians who are current or former members of the U.S. military
answer questions during a panel discussion with military personnel stationed
in Okinawa on Aug. 27. More than 100 athletes and support staff from
the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Air
Base Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in preparation for the
2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17. (U.S. Air Force
photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympians who are current or former members of the U.S. military answer questions during a panel discussion with military personnel stationed on Okinawa Aug. 27. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

Members of the U.S. Paralympics team are introduced to local Okinawan
Paralympians at Kadena Air Base, Japan on Aug. 27. More than 100
athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and
swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days
in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept.
6-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of the U.S. Paralympics team are introduced to local Okinawan Paralympians Aug. 27. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

U.S. Paralympians Brian Frasure and Marlon Shirley talk about their training on the way back to the starting line during a training session at Kadena Air Base, Japan Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amanda Grabiec)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympians Brian Frasure and Marlon Shirley talk about their training on the way back to the starting line during a training session Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amanda Grabiec)

U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet smiles after giving a demonstration on her wheelchair to students at Kadena Air Base, Japan Aug. 28.  More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amanda Grabiec)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet smiles after giving a demonstration on her wheelchair to students Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amanda Grabiec)

U.S. Paralympian Marlon Shirley tells students about overcoming tragedy at Kadena Air Base, Japan Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amanda Grabiec)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympian Marlon Shirley tells students about overcoming tragedy on Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amanda Grabiec)

Marlon Shirley, a member of the U.S. Paralympics team, practices his stride during a training session at Kadena Air Base, Japan Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Marlon Shirley, a member of the U.S. Paralympics team, practices his stride during a training session Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)

U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet answers questions from a group of middle school students  at Kadena Air Base, Japan Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived at Kadena Aug. 24 to live and train for the next ten days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)
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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Paralympian Cheri Blauwet answers questions from a group of middle school students Aug. 28. More than 100 athletes and support staff from the U.S. Paralympics track and field and swim teams arrived Aug. 24 to live and train for the next 10 days in preparation for the 2008 Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Warren)